I’ve been really busy these past few days so I have. I started a new editing job up near Edinburgh, and I’m doing a wee bit of volunteering at a charity shop. I’m in charge of the book department – and I spent the best part of today categorizing the fiction in the cellar. The amount of Dan Brown, James Patterson, Quintin Jardine and Catherine Cookson is mental. There are piles and piles of that shite hiding in every corner. Mills and Boon is everywhere as well, but the wee grannies love those over there.
The shop is only sorted into fiction and non fiction, without any distinction in genre. So, I’m planning to change the layout and make it easier to find different kinds of books, without having to flick through the usual pish. I found some really good quality Asimov hiding down the back, and there was a big pile of Anime. There are lots of really good books that will improve the quality of fiction on offer. I think a bigger distinction in choice will attract more people. Everyone that has ever wanted to read The Da Vinci Code has done so already, so there’s no need for it, and the same goes for Twilight.
I’ve been watching a lot of Limmy’s show recently. I think he’s brilliant, and one of the best comedians around. His Dee Dee character is genius – it’s a wee shame the series has ended. I’m also loving Professor Brian Cox’s new series The Wonders of the Universe. Just like Carl Sagan, he has a gift in making science clear and interesting without being patronising.
The clocks go forward tonight. The bastards are going to steal an hour of my life. That’s how I’m seeing it. The bastards.